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The new occupants of Arup's refurbished 13 Fitzroy Street, the heart of the Arup London empire, are rumoured to be flummoxed by what to do with a free-form, open, communal area. With curved walls and columns, a dance-studio wooden floor, Mediterranean colour scheme and night-club lighting, staff feel it would be best turned over to pole dancing or a tapas bar. One thing's for sure:

meetings will never be the same.

Civil engineering obsessions are finding their way into the most unlikely places; and why not?

Listeners to the Radio 3 classical concert on Friday were entertained during the interval with a talk by writer Ian Sansom who 'explored the noble past and future promise of concrete'. Our highbrow reporter (we do have just the one) said it was really jolly good. And our chastened Foresight editor will be watching those R3 schedules much more closely for you.

A recent train journey to north Wales for an NCE reporter was enlivened by some interesting broadcasts over the intercom:

'Ladies and gentleman this is your train manager live from the cockpit. I'd like to give a shout out to Jack who is 46 today and has never been on a train before.'

Passengers were treated to similar gems throughout the three hour journey leading to intense speculation that the train manager must DJ at weddings in his spare time. Or of course, this being a Virgin train, he could have been hoping to be discovered for radio.

Heard at the Channel Tunnel Rail Link breakthrough last week - newscaster Jon Snow's mobile phone playing the Channel 4 news theme as a ring tone.

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